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Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Faculty Position in Applied Physics and Materials Science

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The California Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the department of Applied Physics and Materials Science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. Our department is a unique environment where innovative, interdisciplinary, and foundational research is conducted in a collegial atmosphere.

Candidates in all areas of applied physics and materials science or related fields are invited to apply. Candidates are expected to make strong commitments to excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring. The initial appointment is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. degree. Questions about the application process may be directed to: aphms-search@caltech.edu.

Please submit an online application and include a brief cover letter; curriculum vitae; relevant publications, a description of proposed research, and a statement of teaching interests. Applicants should submit a diversity and inclusion statement that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach. Also required are three letters of recommendation, and instructions will be given for submission of letters of reference when you apply online. This position will remain open until filled, however, applications completed by December 15, 2022 will be assured of receiving full consideration.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application, send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • a brief cover letter;
    • curriculum vitae;
    • relevant publications;
    • a description of proposed research;
    • a statement of teaching interests;
    • and a diversity and inclusion statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The initial appointment for tenure-track positions is normally four years. Reappointment beyond the initial term is contingent upon successful review conducted prior to the commencement of the fourth year.

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Upon eligibility, employees are required to receive the COVID-19 booster as part of the vaccine mandate. As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.